Our second modal scale is called the Dorian mode and is based from the second degree of the major scale. This mode is built from a minor chord so is a little darker sounding and more minor than the Ionian.
The Dorian mode is based on the second degree of the major scale and is a minor sounding mode. This is because it is built from the second degree of the scale, which harmonises to a minor chord. The D dorian is as follows:
Another way to work out the Dorian mode, and what we consider to be the best way to do it, is to learn the formula. The formula for this scale is:
Dorian Mode: 1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7 8
To help you put this into practice, here is a common shape for the D Dorian scale. Notice that these are the exact same notes as in C major, just starting and ending on D.